Baseball achieves a promising win
Mar20

Baseball achieves a promising win

The Cru snapped their nine-game losing streak in abig way on March 13 at Red Murff Field. They hosted the Beavers of Blackburn College in Carlinville, Illinois. The Beavers were in the midst of a Texas tour. With the win, the Cru improved to 4-12 (0-3), while the Beavers remained winless, dropping to 0-7. The Cru used a platoon of pitchers who yielded just the one unearned run. The run for the Beavers came across in the top of the eighth inning. With two outs in the inning, Blackburn shortstop Tyler Jackson hit a high popup to shallow left field. Cru shortstop Jackson Godoy appeared to get under it, but it bounced off the heel of his glove. Advancing to score was Christian Padilla, just moments before Steven Diaz was thrown out at third while trying toadvance from first. The Cru pitchers included three freshmen making their Division III debuts – Zach Godin, Jackson Ryan and Jeb Zolman. Ryan is a grandson of the great Nolan Ryan, former big league pitcher and current executive adviser to the owner of the Houston Astros. The Cru offense only needed three innings to plate the 10 runs. In the bottom of the third, Jacob Dellipoali drew a walk to get things started for the Cru. Dellipoali advanced to second when Jack Herbert reached on an error by Beaver third baseman Logan Presley. One pitch later, Jackson Godoy singled, driving in Dellipoali and giving the Cru a 1-0 lead. In the bottom of the fourth, Landon Dieterich led things off with a single. Two batters later, Mitch Patterson starteda two-out rally which included three consecutive hits. In the midst of the offensive barrage, Dellipoali delivered his team-leading 10th RBI of the season, driving in Dieterich. Herbert also recorded a RBI as he drove in Patterson. Following Herbert’s single, Godoy walked, loading the bases. Garrett Gonzales came up and delivered a three-run double to left-center field. After four, the Cru had a 6-0lead. The Cru tacked on four more in the sixth inning. With two outs, Dieterich and Malek Bolin hit back-to-back home runs. Dieterich’s home run was a three-run homer, while Bolin’s was a solo shot. Gonzales finished 2-for-5 with three RBIs. Dieterichwas 3-for-4 with three RBIs and the home run. Dellipoali was 1-for-2 with one RBI and two runs scored. Bolin went 2-for-4 with that home run. Picking up the win on the mound for the Cru was Hayden Ball, who recorded his first win of the season. The Cru continued their home stand with a three-game conference matchup against the University of the Ozarks on the weekend of March 15. Sadly,...

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Central Texas State Fair hosts Josh Ward
Sep12

Central Texas State Fair hosts Josh Ward

Josh Ward, one of country music’s hottest stars, brought his band and their pure country sound to the opening night of the 31st annual Central Texas State Fair in Belton on Thursday, Aug. 30. Playing at an outdoor venue, Ward’s music at the Bell County Expo Center sounded the way country music used to. It had the classic twang that makes country, country. Somewhat based on the sounds of his favorite stars growing up, it is Ward’s own, unique brand. “We’re the more run-of-the-mill country,” Ward said in his blue jeans, T-shirt and a ball cap in an interview behind the stage prior to the show. “I was raised up … you know Merle Haggard, George Jones, Keith Whitley … ,” Ward said. “I cut my teeth on those guys, so we kind of got this ’90-ish vibe going on. We’re definitely not mainstream … it’s just not my brand,” he said. Ward, who has frequented Belton, said he opened for a fellow Texas group, the Josh Abbott Band, last year, but this was his first time to headline at the Central Texas State Fair and he said before the show that he was looking forward to it. “We’re here to play country music for them, so [if] they show up, they’re going to get a good show,” Ward said. A majority of the music Ward and his band played at the fair were songs off of their last two albums, “Holding Me Together” and “More Than I Deserve.” However, they did play some cover songs by his country music idols growing up, such as Haggard, Jones and Whitley. The songs that received the best reception from the crowd were “All About Lovin” and “Ain’t It Baby,” a song he played in tribute to the women in the crowd. The audience, varying in age and gender, were dressed in outfits one might expect to find at a country concert – plaid shirts, tight blue jeans, cowboy boots and cowboy hats. Some people were leaning against the metal stage barrier, getting the closest spot they could to the stage. Some were dancing and singing along to the music, while others were enjoying their corn dogs, funnel cakes and other fair foods. All in all, about 300 people seemed to be enjoying a great show. After a few songs, Ward gave a special acknowledgment to veterans, active duty servicemen/women and first responders. Ward explained he does this gesture during all of his concerts. “It was a good concert … I play his music in bars, I’m a DJ,” said Daniel Williams after the show. Regarding Ward’s songs, Williams said, “I like...

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